Real persecution, including death and prison for people of faith. Activists hostile to religion are using control of cultural institutions, business, and government bureaucracies to punish believers. Still, what happens elsewhere is different in kind. Every year hundreds or thousands of people are martyred for their faith. The latest Pew Forum report on international religious restrictions details the bad news for 2016. For the second year in a row the number of nations with significant limits on believers rose. Increasing nationalism fueled the worsening attacks. Pew is unique among monitoring organizations in looking at both government restrictions and private actions. The number of nations with significant limits overall rose from 80 to 83, accounting for 42 percent of countries. The increased persecution largely reflected government controls. The percentage of states doing the latter rose from 50 to 55 nations, or 25 percent to 28 percent. Those with significant social hostility rose from 53 to 54, or 27 percent.
Read more: https://spectator.org/religious-persecution-again-rises-worldwide/
A National Health Service doctor has been “sacked” as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Dr. David Mackereth has worked for 26 years as an NHS doctor but was told he could not be employed as a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) disability assessor if he refused to identify patients as being of a sex that they did not see themselves as. The 55-year-old father of four believes sex is genetic and biological, so established at birth. Wait a minute. Holding the view that people are born male or female is now a theological belief? Do you see how radical this is? Here’s the theology angle: this doctor was fired because he blasphemed against the militant new religion.
Read more: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/uk-doctor-sacked-blasphemy-transgender/
Konnor McKay grew up in Waldron, Arkansas, where he played on the high school football team. He entered the ministry and at the age of 21 he became pastor of the Waldron Pentecostal Church of God. So it was not all that unusual when the head coach of the Waldron High School football team invited the young preacher and former team member to deliver a devotional at a summer football camp. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, was not so complimentary of McKay’s remarks. The Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers, was enraged by the devotional. They fired off a letter to at least one of the schools in attendance at the football camp – accusing the district of an “unconstitutional endorsement of religion” and subjecting the players to “Christian proselytization.” First Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, is representing McKay. They tell me their client did not proselytize. He did not hold an altar call on the football field nor did he baptize anyone. It was simply a devotional.
Read more: https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/out-of-town-agitators-furious-over-preachers-message-to-students/
Revoice seeks to establish a new category of Christians: “Gay Christians,” a notion which implies that God creates people to be gay, and insists they should cherish their gayness. While these groups and individuals always portray themselves as obedient to Church teaching, their aim is to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism, directly opposing church teaching. “Revoice is incremental gay activism, designed to eventually lure conservative evangelicals into accepting ‘gay Christianity,’” warned nationally syndicated Christian talk show host Janet Mefferd. Keynote speaker Wesley Hill has suggested, “Perhaps celibate gay and lesbian Christians, precisely in and out of their celibacy, are called to express, rather than simply renounce and deny, same-sex love.” “Being gay colors everything about me,” said Hill. “Being gay is, for me, as much a sensibility as anything else: a heightened sensitivity to and passion for same-sex beauty.” Another leader, Ron Belgau, claims that “the sexual aspect of Sodom’s sin involved gang rape, not a consensual and monogamous relationship between two men,” thus contorting Scripture to say that active homosexual relationships are AOK as long as they’re monogamous.
Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/evangelical-revoice-conference-aims-to-normalize-homosexuality.-heres-proof
The professor forced out by a Jesuit-run Catholic university for blogging about an undergrad student being assailed by his teacher for his having voiced defense of marriage has won in court. In a landmark decision Friday the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Marquette University violated John McAdams’ right to free speech when it suspended him for writing the blog post, and it ordered the University to restore McAdams immediately with his full rank, tenure, compensation and benefits. “The undisputed facts show that the University breached its contract with Dr. McAdams when it suspended him for engaging in activity protected by the contract’s guarantee of academic freedom,” court documents say.
Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-prof-fired-by-catholic-university-for-defending-marriage-has-huge
The left’s unhinged mania at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s inclusion on President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court appointees in large part because of her Catholicism is just the latest in an increasing animosity towards Christians. Columnist David Limbaugh asks: “Is the Democratic Party’s frequent disrespect for the God of the Bible, Christian home-schoolers and the constitutionally protected religious liberty of Christians indicative of something or just a matter of my imagination? How about Democrats’ hostility to voluntary prayer in public schools, their selective excising of Christian history from public school textbooks, their allergy to Christian-themed hymns in public schools or their dislike of Christmas displays in the public square? How about leftist Hollywood’s routine depiction of Christians as fanatical lunatics? Remember when the Democratic National Committee denounced God in three votes and took the word and concept of God out of the party platform at the 2012 convention?”
Read more: https://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2018/07/06/the-democratic-partys-christian-problem-n2497666
Rep. Maxine Waters doesn’t miss an opportunity to screech against President Trump but many are blasting her for ignoring her own “cesspool” of a district. Footage supposedly from the California Democrat’s district 43 revealed eye-popping images of the shameful state of life in the Los Angeles district that Waters has represented for nearly three decades – while she comfortably lives in a multi-million dollar mansion in a wealthy L.A. neighborhood. “How’d she afford a place like that?” Fox News; Tucker Carlson asked in a segment one year ago. “How does she keep getting reelected despite not living in her own congressional district?” That district, according to Carlson, had the “second highest percentage of African-American residents” in the state while the neighboring area where Waters actually resides has only a six percent black population. Read more: